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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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STATED MEETING DINNER
Greetings Ladies and Brethren,
Now that summer is coming to an end, we will be going back to wearing suits and tuxes at the Stated Meeting starting in October.
September is Constitution Awareness month and I have asked Bro. Nick Gullette to speak about this document.
I would like to wish my fellow Jewish brothers and their families a Happy and Healthy Rosh Hashanah and because Yom Kippur falls on Wed. 9/19 lodge will be dark that day.
This year's Hiram Award recipient is Wor. Steve Varsam for his always being here at lodge to coach candidates as well as answering any questions related to masonry anyone may have.
As you may heard on the news last month, Lowes has; after five years of ownership, decided to cease ownership of Orchard Supply Hardware and they are in the process of liquidating all the assets.
After 18 years in retail, I am not sure if I will continue with retail or venture into another occupation.
Reseda Lodge #666 and The Pasadena Scottish Rite in conjunction with The American Red Cross are co-hosting a blood drive on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple in Pasadena.
There will be a sign-up sheet next to the Tiler's Register. If you have any questions please call Wor. Paul Russell at (818) 266-5513. Please include your Name, Lodge Name and number, phone number and e-mail address.
This is the start of an annual challenge with the Lodge getting the most donations, having their name engraved on a plaque.
Remember that Wednesdays are Lodge Night
Fraternally from the East
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
How time flies, it feels like last week was our Installation, and now we can already see 2019. I hope everyone had a great August vacation, and is ready to join us again at Home. Our Officer’s have been hard at it, getting ready for the next year, practicing and qualifying. I say it a lot, but we’ve got a great group of guys. These are men that truly care for Masonry and our Home, and I will forever be grateful for their dedication and support.
September also brings us Constitutional awareness month, and a staple of Home Lodge’s September Stated Meeting is Worshipful Ralph Dash giving us a lecture on a topic from the Constitution. Unfortunately, Worshipful Dash is unable to do so this year. Certain issues have presented themselves & I wanted to ask you all to please keep Worshipful Dash & Loretta in your prayers. We’re hoping our substitute can still bring the level of knowledge and wisdom that we’ve always gotten in September.
As always I want to invite everyone to attend our weekly degree meetings, we’ve always got something going on, be it coaching or participating as a sideliner. I must say I’m blown away by the change we’ve seen during this year. Our regular degree attendance as risen, and that’s all thanks to the brethren that take the time to join us. I repeat this every month, but having people on the sidelines really shows that candidate that we care for him; it makes his night special. It brings me great joy to see so many brothers join in each degree, and it shows our candidate what being a Home Lodge Mason is. Our Lodge is built on treating each other truly like family, it’s in the name, this is Home.
So remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday night than at Home.
Fraternally from the West,
I’d like to first thank Worshipful Eduardo Estrada, P.M. for putting together yet another amazing event at the Glendale Theater. For those of us that attended, we saw Mary Poppins…which was amazing. Thank you Wor. Estrada for continuing to give your time and effort for making this happen year after year.
As we come back from being Dark for the month of August the Officers move into their step-up positions. I’m very proud of all the Officers for the work they put in towards qualifications. I’m also reminded just how much work goes into qualifying. I’m genuinely proud of you all. A big ‘thank you’ goes out to our Officers Coach Wor. Michael David, P.M. for helping us all along the way.
As Officers we work so hard for our Ritual work to be “perfect.” Yes, I used quotes. Perfection to me means something different than maybe most people, particularly when it comes to Ritual work. In my opinion, Ritual is “perfect” when you, as the Officer, feel what you’re saying and doing and, when the person you’re doing it for feels it as well. For me speed is irrelevant. Flawless delivery is irrelevant. Feeling is all that matters. Sure, we should strive to deliver the right words and motions but, without putting your heart into it, Ritual has no value or purpose.
Rushing through our work for the sake of getting through it is an injustice for two reasons: for the person you’re doing it for and, for yourself as the Officer. If you don’t believe me, ask any candidate after a degree. Ask them how they felt during their degree. Ask what it meant for them. Ask how they feel after their degree. Because, at the end of the day we are Masons for one reason only…for the people we aim to help and better. Doing something for the sake of doing it, is not doing it at all. What’s the point then?
Appreciate the process. Relish in being a part of that process. Enjoy the process. Join the brothers in going through this journey together. For when the process is over, it is all over and, we won’t have anything but a memory of that process. I, for one, would like to remember it as something meaningful, not something that came and is now gone.
Take that into consideration. Each of us that are Officers, either at Home or elsewhere, or have a desire to become an Officer should consider this.
From Master to Master the expectations will change but, what will always remain the same is the efforts we put into it. Those memories cannot, and will not, ever change.
I, for one, will always keep in mind Ritual is for me, but most of all for the people that are with me and I will practice it with my heart.
Fraternally from the South,
Andre Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON COHEN, P.M.
ARTIN ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
FROM OUR TREASURER
FROM OUR SECRETARY
WORSHIPFUL RICHARD A. WEISER, P.M.
HOME LODGE EVENTS
HOME LODGE No. 721
Free and Accepted Masons
of the State of California
Cordially invites you to attend the
2018 HIRAM AWARD
Wor. Stephan Varsam, P.M.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Dinner will begin at - 6:30 PM
Presentation will begin at - 7:30 PM
Van Nuys Masonic Center
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA
Dinner $15.00 per person
Steak of Salmon
NO MONEY WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR
Make your reservations NOW!
Bro Gerard Deprest, Assistant Secretary
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2018 are $99.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2017) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2018. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2018 term are: $99.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2017:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,037.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,843.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,649.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,358.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,067.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or email@example.com.
NEW MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
Brother Barry Lampke
Brother Tommy Ray Smith
Brother Tony Tahmizian
Brother Arnulf Tuadles
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE NO. 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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